This is the story of Odysseus, as told by Professor Healy on his blog yesterday. He stated that “This was one of the most clear cut cases of SSRI induced violence that I’ve seen.”
Odysseus was a man in his 70’s, a pillar of the community and very happily married to Penelope; he was put on Citalopram(Celexa/cipramil) for anxiety.
He kept a diary while he was on Cipramil, which recorded that he was feeling worse and worse, and becoming concerned that he might be going mad. He returned to the doctor and complained about his antidepressant but was persuaded to continue the pills – “these drugs take several weeks to work”. Stupid bloody doctors almost always say the same thing and rarely recognise a drug induced problem.
On the 10th day since he started on Citalopram, Odysseus got a blunt instrument, went into the bedroom where his wife was sleeping and battered her to death.
BUT HEY, I’M SURE PENELOPE’S DEATH IS LOGGED, ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHERS, IN LUNDBECK’S PHARMACOVIGILANCE DEPARTMENT. Link to full Article.
There is a mental health forum coming up, taking place on 23 May 2012 in London. The objective, “achieving the best possible outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.” Sounds great, right? The Conference, which is aimed at GPs, hospital specialists and mental-health specialists, is supported by none other than the highly dubious Lundbeck. I do hope these medical professionals will be made aware of the suicidal/homicidal side effects of Lundbeck’s drugs! Link to Conference.